Choices to Consider When Choosing a Faucet

Tips and Fixes

For some, choosing what kind of faucet to install in a bathroom, kitchen, bar or laundry room is often left as an afterthought or met with a scratching-of-the-head moment.  With so many choices of styles, colors, finishes, and do-dads, who’s to blame them? A good plan before wading through the scads of selections is to consider the importance of the following questions regarding your future fixture(s):

1. Is it easy to clean? If this is high on your list, look for faucets that are:

  • wall mounted
  • single handled
  • clean lined

wall mounted

single-handled

cleaned lined (with cool do-dads!)

2. Is it utilitarian? If you wish to use your sink to give your baby a bath, or wash your hair or dog, my faucet favorite is:

  • the high arc pullout variety.

high arc pullout faucet

3. Is it long-lasting? If your design desire is to have a long-term relationship with your new faucet, be mindful of trendy-type fixtures (which usually have an in-style shelf-life of 5+ years), finishes (according to an article on madehow.com, “Plating increases durability by adding an extra layer of protective coating” and avoids tarnishing), and the dreaded rubber sealed valve system.  Instead, opt for:

  • classic or clean-lined designs
  • solid brass electroplated with chromium, or simply, chrome finishes
  • ceramic disc cartridge

classic design

clean lines

chrome finishes

ceramic disc cartrige system

ceramic disc cartridge

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